Ricky Martin Joins 'The Voice' Australia as Coach

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He replaces Keith Urban, who has joined "American Idol," for next year's second season of the country's top-rated TV show.

Ricky Martin will join the Australian edition of The Voice as a coach for the music competition show's second season.

The first season of the show on the Nine network became the country's top-rated TV show. Martin replaces Keith Urban who left the show to take on his new role on American Idol.

Martin will join the Australian version of The Voice alongside coaches Seal, Joel Madden and Delta Goodrem for the 2013 season.

The Latino star, known for such hits as "Livin' la Vida Loca," has sold more than 60 million albums globally.

Some fans immediately congratulated Martin via Twitter. "Sending some mad love to everyone in #Australia!" he tweeted in response. "Cant wait to go back! Peace!"

“Ricky Martin is one of the world’s biggest stars," said Nine’s director of television, Michael Healy. "He brings huge experience to our panel of coaches, which he’ll pass on to our Australian Voice artists in 2013. Most of all, we think he’s the perfect addition."

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